John James and Mae Elizabeth Robertson Papers
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John James and Mae Elizabeth Robertson Papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Atlanta History Center
Creator: Robertson, John James, 1911-1991
Creator: Robertson, Mae Elizabeth, 1911-1978
Title: John James and Mae Elizabeth Robertson Papers
Dates: 1932-1966
Quantity: 1.0 linear ft.
Quantity: Extent: 1 linear ft. (1 document case, 1 oversized box)
Identification: ahc.MSS217

Biographical/Historical Note

John James (Jack) Robertson (1911-1991) married Mae Elizabeth Whitten (1911-1978) in 1937. Jack Robertson served as vice president of Rankin-Whitten Realty Company and was a former president of the Atlanta Real Estate Board. Elizabeth Whitten Robertson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Whitten, served in numerous civic organizations, including the Junior Flower Show Association and the Women’s Council.1 James H. Whitten was president of the Rankin-Whitten Realty Company. Additional biographical information on the Robertson family has yet to be determined.

Scope and Content Note

The business, civic, leisure, and social activities of the Robertson’s are documented, primarily from 1945 to 1960, through correspondence, greeting cards, invitations, newspaper clippings, postcards, programs, scrapbooks, ticket stubs and travel brochures. Correspondence, newspaper clippings, and scrapbooks relate to Mr. Robertson’s involvement in local and regional companies and organizations, including the Atlanta Real Estate Board, the Breakfast Club, the Capital City Club, the Jack T. Robertson Company (later the Strickland-Robertson Company, Inc.), the Rankin-Whitten Realty Company, the Southern Association of Ice Cream Manufacturers, and the Touchdown Club, from the 1950s and to the early 1960s. The scrapbooks, created and arranged by Elizabeth Whitten Robertson and her mother, Mrs. James Whitten, pertain to local and national events and news during the 1940s and 1950s (natural disasters, plane crashes, World War II, the Winecoff fire, the death of Eugene Talmadge, the election of Eisenhouser, the coronation of Elizabeth II), as well as Robertson and Whitten family information (through cards, ephemera, newspaper clippings, photographs, postcards, and programs affixed in and loose items from the scrapbooks), mainly related to family travels across North America and Europe during the 1950s.


Collection is in alphabetical according to titles supplied by staff.

Index Terms

Atlanta Real Estate Board (Ga.)
Breakfast Club (Atlanta, Ga.)
Capital City Club (Atlanta, Ga.)
Rankin-Whitten Realty Company (Atlanta, Ga.)
Robertson family
Robertson, John James, 1911-1991
Robertson, Mae Elizabeth, 1911-1978
Southern Association of Ice Cream Manufacturers (U.S.)
Touchdown Club (Atlanta, Ga.)
Whaley family
Whitten family

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

John James and Mae Elizabeth Robertson Papers, MSS 217

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr. Jack Robertson, 1979 (1978.542)

Description Control

Collection reprocessed in 2007


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Reproduction and Use

Unpublished manuscripts are protected by copyright. All requests to publish, quote, or reproduce must be submitted through the Kenan Research Center.

Container List




11Atlanta Real Estate Board, 1951-1955
2Business cards, undated
3Correspondence, incoming, 1937-1955
4Newspaper clippings, 1947-1966, undated
5Postcards, incoming, 1937, 1943, 1953
6Scrapbook (Mr. and Mrs. John Robertson), loose material, 1932-1962, undated
7Scrapbook (Mr. John Robertson), loose pages, 1950-1955
8Scrapbook (Mr. and Mrs. James Whitten), loose pages, 1954-1955
9Telegrams, incoming, 1937, 1953
10Whaley-Whitten genealogical information, photocopies, 1890-1910


MSS OS 3.245Scrapbook (Mr. and Mrs. John Robertson), loose pages, 1950-1966, undated